threatening our embassies, but so are the people who come to our embassies, people from the host country, applying for a visa, americans who are there, lost their passport, their spouse died, they're trying to have the body come back to the united states for a funeral. embassies are like bank branches, they need to be secure, so many people could be in danger beyond american diplomats. >> based on your service, your knowledge how far these things operate, it sounds like a big step for the state department to issue these warnings, to have these facilities closed. >> i think it is. i think there's a view, correctly, better be safe than sorry. you know, you don't want to get your visa and lose your life. they're erring on the side of caution. i think looking at the time of day, in most of these countries, the workday is already over. so the state department will have to make a decision now this afternoon, this evening, as to whether they'll keep them closed tomorrow or not, which countries. we'll see. >> ambassador, thank you so much for your time. we appreciate it. >> thank you.